The Ho Chi Minh City Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs will continue to step up information dissemination to expatriates and activities in response to their aspiration this year.

These were defined as key tasks set by the committee during a conference on March 11 outlining its 2014 working agenda.

In reviewing its operation in 2013, the organisation reported that it promptly kept overseas Vietnamese updated with developments in the homeland and successfully organised cultural and social programmes for them.

It also provided legal assistance for over 2,000 expatriates, gave medical check-ups to 700 others in Cambodia, and hosted a summer camp for overseas and HCM City youths.

According to the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs, some 4.5 million Vietnamese are living in more than 100 countries and territories around the world.

In 2013, remittances to Vietnam hit 11 billion USD, with 4.8 billion USD going to HCM City.

In the year, between 50-60 percent of the 1.2 million overseas Vietnamese visiting the homeland stayed in the City, which is dubbed the country’s economic and business hub.-VNA